There are 5 ways to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego by plane, bus, train, night bus or car

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Recommended option

Fly  •  1 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Diego (SAN) LAX - SAN

$109 - $341

Cheapest option

Bus  •  3 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Downtown Long Beach Station LAX to Long Beach
  2. Take the bus from Long Beach, Ca to San Diego, Ca 9483 / ...

$27 - $52

3 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Pacific Surfliner

$36 - $83

Bus, night bus  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Patsaouras Transit Plaza LAX to Union Station
  2. Take the night bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  2 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego 125.5 miles

$12 - $18

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The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego is to drive which costs $12 - $18 and takes 2 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego is to fly which costs $100 - $350 and takes 1 h 16 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal and arriving at San Diego, Ca via Long Beach Blvd & 3Rd Se and Long Beach, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 56 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego. However, there are services departing from LAX via FlyAway and arriving at San Diego Santa Fe Depot via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 28 min.

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The distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and San Diego is 112 miles. The road distance is 125.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego without a car is to bus which takes 3 h 56 min and costs $26 - $55.

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It takes approximately 1 h 16 min to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego, including transfers.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego bus services, operated by LAX FlyAway, depart from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal station.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego is to fly which takes 1 h 16 min and costs $100 - $350. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $26 - $55 and takes 3 h 56 min, you could also train, which costs $35 - $85 and takes 4 h 28 min.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 48 min.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Diego, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego.
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  • Distance: 111.9 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 16 min

What companies run services between Los Angeles Airport (LAX), USA and San Diego, CA, USA?

American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta fly from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego via Downtown Long Beach Station, Long Beach Blvd & 3Rd Se, L.B. Blvd. & 15Th Ne, and Long Beach, Ca in around 3 h 56 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Bus operators
LAX FlyAway
Website
lawa.org
Bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Downtown Long Beach Station
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
lawa.org
Bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Patsaouras Transit Plaza
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
lawa.org
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Long Beach, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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